OGDEN -- Police arrested a mother and daughter they suspect used and dealed heroin together.
Marlene Perea, 40, and Tashanie Perea, 18, were both arrested Wednesday for suspicion of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, a second-degree felony. The arrests were the result of a three-month investigation into the two, who police believe started using the drug at the same time.
"Based on everything that we can tell, they're in it pretty much together," said Sgt. Nate Hutchinson of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force.
"(Marlene Perea's) not a high-end heroin dealer. She's more of a user that is supporting her habit."
The investigation began in August. An undercover investigator bought drugs from them in controlled buys, Hutchinson said. Once the strike force had a case, a judge approved a warrant. Police suspected they would drive between their home and buyers' homes to sell a small amount of the drug, and an agent found the two on their way to what they suspect was another deal Wednesday evening.
The agent pulled the two over on the 400 block of 27th Street in Ogden. The daughter, who was driving, ran when police began searching their vehicle. But police caught up to her about 200 yards away.
Police found about four grams of heroin on Marlene's person and arrested the women.
The mother was charged in 2nd District Court on Thursday for heroin possession with intent to distribute. Charges were filed Oct. 5 against the daughter for possessing drugs in August. She has not been charged in Wednesday's arrest.
Police found Marlene Perea's 11-year-old son in the car during the arrest. An investigator will follow up with the case to determine if any further charges relating to child endangerment should be filed, Hutchinson said.